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Unemployment still the main cause of foreign immigration

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Labor immigration to Costa Rica has been fueled by the stable political climate, the good socioeconomic conditions in comparison to neighboring countries, the shared language and labor market opportunities especially for low-skilled people, according to recent research by the Labor Market and Social Policies of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

In 2015, Costa Rica hosted 411,408 people born abroad, 40% more than in 2000. Although the available data does not allow for a clear distinction between the different reasons for migration, the availability of work seems to be the main cause for immigration.

The persistent demand for unskilled labor in agriculture, construction, tourism and domestic service, along with the networks that Nicaraguan migrants developed over time in those sectors, has maintained a high influx of citizens from that country during the last three decades.

Immigrants from Nicaragua represent three quarters of all people living in Costa Rica but born abroad, although those from Colombia and the United States are the second and third largest immigrant populations, respectively, according to the document.

The OECD highlighted that in the case of male immigrants, these are generally well integrated into the Costa Rican labor market, and had an employment rate of 82% in 2011, nine points more than that of nationals and much higher than that of people born abroad in all OECD countries, with the exception of Switzerland.

Immigrants represent 12% of the country's workforce and work in low and medium qualification occupations.

However, migrant women have more difficulties accessing the labor market, with an employment rate of 43% in 2011, 39 percentage points less than that of male migrants and slightly higher than that of Costa Rican women (38%).

Informality is more common among immigrants than among nationals. In 2015, 43% of employed immigrants were not enrolled in Social Security, versus 28% of nationals.

The majority of the gap is related to the distribution of the two groups between sectors and the greater representation of immigrants in sectors with a higher informality, such as agriculture and domestic work.

The OECD said that until 2010, when the Migration Law was passed, a significant portion of immigrants in Costa Rica did not have legal immigration status, but Costa Rica has taken some measures to change that situation.

However, the organization believes that widespread informality makes it unlikely that a work-based regularization mechanism will succeed.

"Most of the tools generally used by OECD countries to manage labor migration are inadequate for Costa Rica due to widespread informality. If the priority is to identify those who are present in the country and ensure that they are protected against exploitation, the OECD recommends considering an extraordinary regularization of the immigration status of people present in the country without the need for a formal work contract," says the study.

Regularizations implemented in the past in a number of OECD countries have shown that it is important that immigrants with a valid reason to be in the country and do not return to informality due to legal and administrative barriers.

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Political stability and job opportunities for low skilled labor attract Central American workers to the country. 

Unlike other countries in the region, emigration from Costa Rica has not been an important phenomenon, OECD says. However, it has increased substantially in recent years.

At the beginning of the decade, there were 100,000 Costa Rican emigrants aged 15 or older living in the OECD countries, 32% more than in 2000.

The emigration of Costa Ricans is one of the topics covered by the comprehensive immigration policy, but very little has been done in that direction. Informing about possible investment opportunities and facilitating their return are two of the main areas in which concrete measures must be taken.


The OECD believes that especially in key sectors such as health, science and engineering, the problem of talent leakage could become a concern. OECD wants to take measures to attract those highly educated migrants, even temporarily, as their retention could be beneficial for the future development of Costa Rica.

To try to improve the status of immigrants, the OECD recommends eliminating the obligation to leave the country for a short pre-established period to allow time for irregular immigrants present in the country to regularize their status.

It also suggests strengthening the financial means and institutional capacity of the General Directorate of Migration in both San José and the regionals offices in order to reduce processing times and improve the efficiency of the migration system.

Other solutions will be to develop well-targeted campaigns to provide immigrants and employers with the necessary information about their rights and obligations as well as the consequences of the violation of labor and Social Security regulations.

The country has a net migration rate of 6 per thousand inhabitants, which is the second highest after Canada in America and higher than in many OECD countries.

In 2011, immigrants represented 11% of the population aged 15 and over, the largest proportion among the countries of Central America and South America. This proportion is slightly lower than that of the OECD countries with large immigrant populations such as France, Spain, Norway and the Netherlands.

The immigrant population more than tripled between 1984 and 2000 and has continued to increase later, but at a slower pace.

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Industrial sector opposes bill to promote youth employment


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Chamber of Industry of Costa Rica showed its opposition to the bill Encouraging Youth Employment presented in the Legislative Assembly by the legislator of Partido Liberación Nacional, Silvia Sánchez. The bill asks that companies to hire 25% of their workforce in ages 17 and 25.

The industrial sector, through the president of the chamber, Enrique Egloff, was against this initiative, because it would not help the companies at all, nor would it reduce the level of unemployment in Costa Rica.

"Although the objective of the project is very noble, since it takes into account that the education level is not an obstacle to the labor insertion of young people, its conceptualization is not correct."

In addition to the obligation to hire employees between the ages of 17 and 25, the law would oblige companies to give them one free hour per day for training, something Egloff does not agree with either.

"Unemployment is solved with more competitiveness, more production and the growth of companies. By establishing age percentages and granting the daily time to study, the problem of youth unemployment is not solved,” he said.

The industry's opposition was sent as a letter to the Special Permanent Commission on Youth, Children and Adolescents of the Legislative Assembly.
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The law would oblige to hire employees between the ages of 17 and 25.

The industrial sector representatives suggest that the bill be part of a “Dual Education” bill which would allow students to have experience and training in companies while still studying at school.

"The problem of employment for young people is not resolved by forcing companies to a certain percentage. The real solution lies in the approval of the Dual Education Law Project proposed by the productive sector for several years. The main problem we have is that we are not even discussing dual education in the country," added the president.


Dry season will be a little bit late, authorities say


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The dry season will return to the national territory with a delay of one to two weeks due to the high temperatures in the Caribbean Sea and wind conditions, according to the National Meteorological Institute (IMN).

In the Central Valley, rains are expected to stop by November 17, although this normally happens on the 12th.

The
dry season will hit the North Pacific region first, between the 12th and the 16th of this month.


It will arrive at the Great Metropolitan Area (GAM) between November 17 and 21, a delay of almost five days.

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ers also say the dry season will come in along with the New Year in the South Pacific, while in the area of ​​Guatuso-Los Chiles-Upala the sunny conditions will return around February 10.

In addition, the IMN announced it expects a lower activity in terms of cold fronts. The forecast shows that one or two cold fronts could appear between December and February. These phenomena increase precipitation in the Caribbean and Northern Zone, causing an impact of the Central Valley.

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The Central Valley will welcome the sun in mid-November.

The country usually registers the effect of 17 cold fronts that reach the north of Central America, 11 of which reach the Caribbean zone.


Strong winds are expected to appear during dry season, with colder winds for January and February, not December.

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Emergency bridge will be sent to León Cortés

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The current bridge was badly damaged by the tropical Storm Nate.


By A.M Costa Rica staff

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) will send a 21-meter-long armored bridge to the Llano Bonito and León Cortés communities
in order to restore the connection between the communities.

This was confirmed by Giselle Alfaro, vice minister of infrastructure, during an inspection
in the  Los Santos area where she observed the damages caused by the tropical storm Nate.

Alfaro noted that work is being done to coordinate the shipment of the armored bridge, so that it can be on site as soon as possible.



The bridge will reestablish communication in the affected area and solve the problems faced by coffee producers in the area, affiliated with the Coope Llano Bonito cooperative.

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New bridge to travel between Las Palmas and Pérez Zéledon


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As of Friday, Nov 3, people may use a Bailey bridge placed in La Palma, on route 247. That road connects Pérez Zeledón with Dominical, near the community of Barú.

The structure will replace the bridge that collapsed as a result of the storm Nate in October.

Vehicles have been taking an alternate routh through Rosario de Pacuar, but will now be able to take the main road without detours. The new bridge can be used by vehicles of up to 40 tons.

The bridge is extra wide but does not have enough width for two-way traffic.


Thanks to this bridge, the connection between the Pacific coast and the El General Valley is completely restored.

It is also possible to travel between Cartago and Pérez Zeledón through Cerro de la Muerte, but travel there is tightly restricted between 6 am to 6 pm.


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Vehicles of up to 40 tons can cross the bridge safely.

At night, authorities will preventively close roads from El Empalme to San Isidro de El General, until the dry season is fully arrives at the end of this month.

In Cerro Bellavista, or Cerro de la Muerte, teams continue to work to repair the problems caused by Nate.


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Government expects to collect $242 million from vehicle taxes

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministry of Finance plans to collect more than 138 billion colones, ($242 million) thanks to the vehicle ownership tax which should be paid before December 31.

This tax must be
paid by 2.28 million vehicle owners who drive in the country. The tax is almost 10% lower than it was last year, according to the Ministry.

"This makes the vehicles, in general, cheaper both in value and in the tax payable. The only vehicles that could pay more tax will be the ones registered this year," said the institution.

The
tax agency updates the fiscal value of vehicles, aircraft and boats.  Half of the income goes to the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, the other 50% is kept in a general government fund to finance programs such as education, security, housing and public works.

To calculate the amount of tax payable, the 1987 Law establishe
d a formula that involves the reduction of 10% of the value due to legal depreciation of the vehicle and the increase in value due to accumulated inflation in the last year. In this case the inflation rate was 0.91%.

"Vehicle owners should remember this tax is part of the circulation rights that the National Insurance Institute (INS) charges. Therefore, the vehicle ownership tax is lower for many, it does not mean that the total amount of the payment decreases, because it includes other components such as the Mandatory Automobiles Insurance, the wildlife tax and the contribution to the road safety council, "said Carlos Vargas, general director of taxation.
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If tax payment is holding you back, the IRS has options to solve payment problems.

You can file current or past due FBARs without payment to meet IRS  requirements.

If you have yet to file, do it now as there is still time.

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Real estate rentals (paid category)

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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for  your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.We are offering homes for every budget and every need. Please visit our Web page at www.tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or contact us at rentals@tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or call at (506) 2654-5442
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        Household Furnishings

FineFurniture

FFine Furniture of Sarchi - Sarchi, Costa Rica
All our handcrafted products are made in Sarchi with pride and quality by artisans who are dedicated to designing, crafting, and delivering our furniture to you. Please visit our website and send us a picture and specifications of what YOU like, or just send us pictures from anywhere you wish. We will quote you right back with a more than competitive price and an on-time delivery date. Delivery and set up available throughout Costa Rica. We have different Costa Rican woods from which you may choose. 
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Adolfo's Cell 506-8831-4306
 Tom in the USA 803-261-6000
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Shipping services (paid category)

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Psychotherapy


Dr. Gray
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Psychiatric Services
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Send us your:
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Call me:  (506) 2246-3458
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9234-12/1/17


                     Legal Services
Adrian Fernandez
Attorney & Notary
A Fernandez
Notary services and registrations. Collections and foreclosures. Real estate and litigation. Corporate Law. Immigration. Estate planning wills and testaments, probate.

I provide the highest professional standards. Official documentation and Notary deeds are always translated in English for better comprehension, client satisfaction and safety.

 Call me for advice
    Phone:  2280-9692 / 2253-3705
    Email: ajfernandez@racsa.co.cr
    Law Office is conveniently located near  Mall San Pedro, 350 meters south  from the Hyundai dealer, Los Yoses, San José.
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Funding for political parties may come outside banking system


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Non-banking financial institutions, such as savings and credit mutuals, cooperatives and solidarist associations, can be legitimate and transparent sources to finance the electoral campaign of political parties ahead of next February's elections.

This was determined by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) in resolution 6791-E8-2017.

In this way, the electoral body intends to provide relief to the parties that are
having difficulty finding electoral financing.

Those types of financial entities may participate by injecting resources into politics as long as their financial activity is under the supervision of the General Superintendency of Financial Institutions (SUGEF); that is, it must be properly registered for that purpose.

In the case of Solidarist Associations, their participation is only authorized for those who have a license to perform financial intermediation.

"Given that such non-banking financial entities must comply with a series of legal requirements for their operation, they are subject to the various control and oversight mechanisms of the SUGEF, which reaffirms the principles of security, transparency and integrity of the financial system," said a release from the TSE.

"TSE has determined that non-banking financial institutions are a legitimate and transparent source of financing for electoral campaign and they do not contradict the Constitutional Law." the document added.


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Bank of Costa Rica has declined to grant political funding for the upcoming presidential elections.

The resolution arises as a result of a query made by the Citizen Action Party (PAC) which complained of difficulties in obtaining financing.

The group said on Monday that its aim is not to spend more than ¢ 1,800 million from the political debt fund.

The TSE clarified that when political parties sign a contract for financing, it must be stated that the information or documentation derived from that transaction has "unrestricted access to the duty of fiscal control of partisan finances by the TSE and, thus, ensure publicity and transparency that govern this matter ".


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Artists demonstrate seeking improved labor conditions

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Representatives of various artistic branches, played a peaceful demonstration on Monday in defense of their labor rights in terms of salary, recognition of merit and definition of working days.

The activity was carried out in the Ministry of Culture and Youth (MCJ) with the aim of opening a
discussion on artistic careers. Artists seek a fairer and more competitive remuneration system for their professional careers.

According to Sergio Masís, coordinator of the National Theater Workshop,
an “artistic career” implies that recognitions for artists will not be based only on academic degree or achievements, but based on merit in the areas of publications, awards, concerts, etc.

Despite the existence of an Artistic Regime since 2006, the protesters consider that they have not had their due recognition, and it has affected their salar
ies.

"We are united artists who work for the Ministry of Culture in all fields, trying to show the Ministry that from now on we will walk together, in defense of the trade union interests. We feel that historically we have been underestimated," Masís said.

Masís added that Artistic Regime has not been able to be implemented and applied to their members properly.

According to him, the
protests by artists represents an historic achievement. It is the first time that they have managed to organize themselves as a guild and look for a joint solution to the problems they have had.

As a result of the
activity, the attendees made a formal list of demands and presented it to the Minister of Culture and Youth, Sylvie Duran.  The list also points out how they have been affected in the past by lack of recognition. 
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The activity took place at the Ministry of Culture and Youth facilities.


The objective is to promote a discussion with the Civil Service and the Council of Artistic Officers to prioritize the issues, review them and start looking for short-term solutions.

After the delivery of the document, the Minister told the artists she was already aware of the problem and she remained open to discussion.

"We know that there are cases that we must have resolved many years ago, "said the Minister.

The demonstration included representatives of all Concert Bands of all provinces, National System of Music Education (SINEM), Melico Salazar, Theater and Dance Company, Film Center, House of Artists, Museums, National Center of Music, among others.

Musicians from concert bands in the provinces, interpreted the National Anthem of Costa Rica and other pieces, in the midst of the formal delivery of the proposal made to the Minister.

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Real estate for sale (paid category)

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PLAYA AVELLANA, TAMARINDO, GUANACASTE
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Condominio Monte Donato II, is an unpretentious gated community, offering 44 lots at very accessible prices starting at only $19.995 and a monthly HOA fee of $28.

Located near Playa Avellanas and Hacienda Pinilla, at 3 miles from the beach. The project is located in a very quiet rural area. You will only hear sounds of birds and monkeys.  Playa Avellanas is one of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica and a Surfer’s paradise.

Common areas: Swimming pool, Rancho, shower, restroom, soccer field, play ground

Water: The project has its own well and a 13,200 Gallon storage tank.

Security: Guard lives on the premises. Perimeter enclosure.

Construction: No zoning plan. You can build when you want, what you want!

Lot Sizes around 250m2 / 2700 sq. ft.

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Etlinger Farm rollover
Beautiful farm in excellent location
At only an hour's drive from San José, minutes from Guápiles, and boardering Braulio Carrillo National Park, Etlingera Farms is one heck of an amazing farm. We purchased this 77-acre farm 10 years ago after many trips, and an exhaustive search. It has a little bit of everything we were looking for and a whole lot of beauty. Our average elevation of 600 meters helps to keep Bella Vista cool year round. This farm is nearly level with a semi-modern 2-bedroom house. A fairly rustic 2-bedroom caretaker's home. And, a comfortable, 1-bedroom cabin where we stay. We have 2 large barns, a chicken coop, and a 3-stall pig pen. There are two tilapia ponds and 2 hectarias, (approximately 5 acres) of different species of bananas. The property boarders Rio Blanco in the rear and has 300 meters of public road frontage. Water, electricity, and telephone are all serviced by public utility. Etlingera Farms was reforested with several thousand wood trees of different tropical varieties. We truly believe this farm is spectacular. Our neighbors are selling for as much as $20 per meter. We are negotiable, motivated and open to offers. Our location can be found by searching Etlingera Farms on Google Maps. Our webpage is www.etlingerafarms.com and photo album can be found at www.ticorico.com
CODE 9267-9/28/17


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Owner Financing in San Ramon
New Construction, and Ocean View 
Brand new home with 4-plus bedrooms and 3 baths all overlooking an incredible 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean and mountains. Located only 45 minutes from the San Jose airport and about the same to the Pacific Ocean.  The lower level could be
used as a separate apartment or mother-in-law setup. Home includes HUGE master  suite, CLOSETS,
 custom cabinets, granite counter tops, high wood ceilings, and all in an area that is 70-80 degrees year round. 
Priced at $199,000. Completion date is January.  See the Virtual Tour CLICK HERE or see our site here  www.whynotcostarica.com. If you would like to take a look at this amazing house, please give me a call at  Costa Rica # 506-8755-6743 or if from the States call # 509-570-1928 or email tim@whynotcostarica.com 
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Business for sale or lease (paid category)

Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

DanielPeavy

Fishing Lodge For Sale In Panama. To many assets to
 list all.  Restaurant, bar, pool, 12 cabins, two 1 bedroom duplex, 3 hectares on the beach, 4 boats, boat storage,
boat ramp, 22 foot panga and more.  Remote and
Beautiful location on the fishing grounds. Built in
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Live the dream!
Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact: manager@crbusiness.biz.

Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)
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Remax Tamarindo
www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com The experts in buying property in Costa Rica, with more than 20 years experience and the largest networked team of agents in the country.  We can help you learn if investing in Costa Rica is right for you with our low-key, educational approach to sales. Our professional agents can tell you more about Costa Rica properties, including condos, homes, lots and & commercial real estate. Twelve (12) agents to serve you, from Playa Marbella to Playa Dante in the Guanacaste, through our Tamarindo and Flamingo offices. For more information, please contact our local phones: 506-2653-0073 Tamarindo / 506-2201-9056 Flamingo ~ Toll Free: 1-866-976-8898 or email:  info@remax-oceansurf-cr.com  or click here www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com
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Email: michael@costarica-realestate.com

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Real estate for sale (paid category)

Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

DanielPeavy

Fishing Lodge for Sale in Panama. Too many assets to
 list all.  Restaurant, bar, pool, 12 cabins, two 1-bedroom duplex, three hectares on the beach, four boats, boat storage, boat ramp, 22 foot panga and more.  Remote and
Beautiful location on the fishing grounds. Built in
clientele list and a turn key operation. For more information and asking price our email address:
aquaad@hawaii.rr.com   Visit the site www.hookedonpanama.com

9284-3/22/18   

Versatile 2 Floors Building for Sale
Holley ad
Completely remodeled building. 14 areas for residence and/or offices, call center, upscale storage. Transportation within 50 meters, commuter train, buses and taxis. School, park, gymnasium, tennis club and National soccer stadium walking distance. 24-hour security, many restaurants, clubs and social facilities nearby.

Approximately 323 meter construction. $295,000. Contact  Jim Holley, E-Mail: jimmy6902001@yahoo.com Local CR phone: (506) 8912-5651

9266-12/5/17


Charming country home in the mountains above San Ramon
Bril Cajar

Lot size is 500 square meters, total construction about 212 square meters, with living area of about 156 square meters. Three bedrooms (or two and an office), two and one half baths, shop/storage of about 30 square meters. Carport with space for two cars about 30 square meters. Completely fenced property. The area is peaceful and very secure.  For complete information click here

Contact Harv  in English and Spanish: Email cap@lightsurfer.com   Contact Marco in Costa Rica (Spanish) : Email- marvama05@gmail.com -Phone- +506-84608000 or +506-86672823.   Web page:  www.costarica-house.com Or CLICK HERE FOR MORE COMPLETE INFORMATION
9274-11/30/17


Colinas del Sol
COLINAS DEL SOL Fenced Gated Lots for Sale

* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project  in a quiet area.
* There are 88 clear titled lots.
* Mountain areas with great views.
* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit trees.
* Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds.
* All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each.
* Lots are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $50,000 USD
* Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica.
* 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport
* 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches
* 10 minutes to Medical Facilities
* 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital
* 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club

Contact:
In Costa Rica, Jeffrey Sandi Murray:  jsandimurray@colinasdelsolcr.com
In the USA and Canada contact Jim Day: jimday50@aol.com or call 517-484-3675

For more information Click Here: www.colinasdelsolcr.com
9261-3/2/18




Costa Rica Penthouse

Costa Rica Penthouse For Sale

 Enjoy the most spectacular views in the valley in this 5 -story Penthouse.  One of a kind property on top of the Corobici / Crowne Plaza Hotel in Sabana overlooking the Central Park and new Soccer Stadium in San José.  Excellent location provides you easy access to everywhere.  Other benefits include 24-hour security, 2 restaurants inside the hotel plus other businesses.  Large Living Room, Elevator goes directly inside Penthouse.  Private hot tub deck and Dance floor with Spectacular views!!!  All exterior walls are glass or have windows. Commercial license is in place.  Seller will consider owner financing.  Asking $695K U.S.  Also available for monthly rent for $3,500 per month on an annual basis.  This is a private condo residence and is Not associated with the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  

Go to www.ThePenthouseCostaRica.com  
U.S. contact: Carl Stratton, cell phone: 813 310-7402  Email crstratton@ymail.com
Costa Rica contact:  Dan Wise, phone numbers:  2232-4063 / 2232-8610  Email: danwisellawyer@yahoo.com
 CODE 9229-12/6/17



Puriscal home
GORGEOUS MOUNTAIN & OCEAN VIEW HOME
REDUCED $40K - $355,000
HEALTH CONDITIONS REQUIRES QUICK SALE
This is a gorgeous, new, 3-bedroom luxury home on 2.2 flat acres in a secure, gated community, high in the hills of Puriscal, with stunning, 180-degree views of the ocean, city and mountains of the Central Valley in Costa Rica. Centrally located in the heart of Costa Rica, you are never more than an hour from the Pacific beaches while being much less than that to the culture, shopping, services and night life of the San José, Escazú, Santa Ana and the whole Central Valley. The Altos de Antigua gated community sits at an altitude of 2,800 feet with mild temperatures year round. Features wide paved roads and cement culverts throughout, a large community pool & spa with changing rooms & showers. The community association fees are $42 a month ($500 annually).
This property is currently being offered for $355,000.00 U.S.
Purchase adjoining 2.2 acre investment lot with the home sale for $35,000.00 U.S. or separately for $55,000.00 U.S.
 
    Summary of House Features:

       * Completed 2012 to North American standards
       * 3 large bedrooms, 2 full baths
       * Custom designed kitchen w/granite countertops
       * Frigidaire Professional appliance package
       * State-of-the-art solar hot water
       * Eco-friendly Toshiba LED lighting
       * LG Multi-Split air conditioning system
       * House & perimeter security alarm system
       * 2-car closed garage w/large paved driveway
 
Video Tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUEAmahIU9A
Community Web Site: http://www.altigua.com
Photos: HERE!
Costa Rica # 506-8985-6705 or from the States call # 561-740-0651 or email gary_one@msn.com


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